Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

A Spooky Good Time: Inlet’s Halloween Costume Contest Results

Kids dressed up for Halloween

The Inlet Youth Commission held their annual Halloween Parade & Party on Friday, October 27, following another very successful Trunk-or-Treat at the Inlet Community Church. Many costumed children paraded through town behind an Inlet fire engine, before heading over to the Inlet Volunteer Emergency Services building for costume judging and treats.

This year’s M.C. Greg Rudd announced the winners, which were selected by the 2023 judges: Brittany Bartolotti, Toni Rudd, and Gina Greco.

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Monday, October 30, 2023

Spooky Season: Adirondack Almanack Roundup

pumpkins on a table

The end of the year is closing in on us. The leaves continue to fade and fall, the nights are long and we’re all slowly realizing that winter is only a few weeks away.

Breathe.
Smell the crisp fall days and maybe a subtle hint of candy corn.

We’ve gathered up a few of our all time favorite “Spooky Season” posts for you to reflect on.
Check them out!

1. History Matters: Humble Spirits: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/10/history-matters-humble-spirits.html

This beautifully written piece by Amy Catania is sure to give you a few goosebumps. We get so wrapped up in our day to day lives, it’s important to remember the ones who had lives BEFORE us.

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Sunday, October 29, 2023

Halloween Black Cats Have a Bewitching History; Feral Cats are an Invasive Species

A witch on a broom with a black cat

As Much a Part of Halloween as Jack-O-Lanterns 
Have you ever wondered why or how black cats became a traditional part of Halloween imagery, decoration, and symbolism? Or why people dress up as black cats on Halloween?
I know I have.

I Ain’t Superstitious, But…
‘I ain’t superstitious, but a black cat crossed my trail.’ Those lyrics were written by blues great Willie Dixon in 1961 and recorded by Howlin’ Wolf, Jeff Beck (with Rod Stewart), Santana (with Johnny Lang), and Megadeath; just to name a few. And the belief that bad luck will result from a black cat crossing one’s path is one of the oldest and most enduring superstitions that I know of. But why is it that we connect black cats to bad luck and witchcraft? Perhaps it’s because cats have been associated with magic since ancient times. Across medieval Puritan-Europe, cats; black cats in particular; were commonly linked to witchcraft and the devil. That association continued into the renaissance, when people believed that witches would transform themselves into black cats. Or that, if you came across a black cat, it might be a witch’s ‘familiar’; a supernatural entity or demon-possessed physical-animal believed to have been sent by the devil, to assist witches in the practice of black magic. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Old Forge: Halloween comes to View with events through October 28

Winners of the View's 2022 Halloween Party Costume Contest

Old Forge, NY — Get into the Halloween spirit at View Arts Center this year with 5 nights of frights from October 24 – 28, as part of their 3rd Annual Halloweek Spooktacular, ending again with their free Monster Mash Halloween Party.

On Wednesday, October 25, a Halloween Cocktail Class is being offered by View, where participants will be learning, making, and tasting three themed drinks. The class is $25 per person and includes everything you need to make the cocktails. The class is open to guests aged 21+ only. Space will be limited. Register online at the link: ViewArts.org/Halloween.

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Thursday, October 19, 2023

Old Forge Library to host fundraiser, Halloween-themed events & more

Old Forge, NY – Old Forge Library staff have announced a variety of activities, including a spooky season-themed fundraiser, that are sure to appeal to a wide array of interests and help curb cabin fever that typically begins to hit with the oncoming of chillier temperatures. Please see a roundup of events below for more details on these programs and activities which include, Nevermore: A Raven Good Time fundraiser at Nest [a restaurant in Thendara], an Open Mic Night hosted by Ken Carman, free Halloween-themed grab/craft bags for kids, and Wednesday Night Craft Get-Togethers.

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Thursday, October 12, 2023

Lake Placid Film Festival presents: Women in Horror, Oct. 28

The Halloween season is in full swing and the best place to celebrate is at the Lake Placid Film Festival. Take part in our Women in Horror panel on Saturday, October 28, where acclaimed filmmakers, Sol Miranda (Archive 81, Asynchronous), Chirstina Raia (Affliction, Silent Night), and Karen Walton (Ginger Snaps, Orphan Black) discuss genre filmmaking from a female perspective.

We are also excited to announce two horror films screening at the Festival: The Monkey and a special midnight screening of The Exorcist. Purchase your Festival Pass today and experience all the frights and films that the Lake Placid Film Festival has to offer.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Give new (after)life to those Halloween pumpkins

pumpkins composting

Compost for Good Announces 2022 Pumpkin Composting Events

After the Halloween festivities have died down, instead of putting your pumpkins in your garbage can, Compost for Good recommends giving them a new life by dropping them off at a local composting facility.

When mixed with wood chips, sawdust, straw or other high carbon materials, pumpkins can be turned into beautiful, life-sustaining compost. Before donating your pumpkins, please remove candles or other non-organic material that cannot be composted. Chopping or smashing them into small pieces would also help the microbes out, but is not necessary.  

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Spooky Adirondacks: Ghostly stories for Halloween

ghost pipeSpooky Adirondacks:

In honor of Halloween, here are some seasonally-appropriate stories from our archive:

An Adirondack ghost town: From 2014, Marty Plante dives into the history of Tahawus.

Bigfoot: Fact, fiction, economic boon? In 2012, Dan Crane faults the DEC for downgrading Bigfoot’s status.

The Herreshoff Manor: Witness to Tragedy. “Photographs of the Herreshoff Manor that stood in today’s Thendara depict what could easily pass for a haunted house,” writes Charles Herr in the introduction to this 2014 essay.

Ghost Flowers of the Forest. From this 2018 essay: “Indian pipe, also known as corpse plant and ghost flower, has an unusual strategy for survival. It lacks the green pigment chlorophyll, and therefore cannot make its own food through photosynthesis as most plants do.” Find out more here.

Humble spirits: From last October, Historic Saranac Lake’s Executive Director Amy Catania shares a local ghost story. Read it here.

Ghost pipe photo by Melissa Hart


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Hallowed Forge Pumpkin Party: A Community Halloween Celebration

The Central Adirondack Association’s Hallowed Forge Pumpkin Party is back for its third year.  Activities and celebrations throughout the community are spaced over two weekends, October 22 –24 and October 29-31 (and a few in between). There will be something festive and fall-like for everyone with offerings for families, for children and adults spaced throughout the end of October. Classics like pumpkin sports return for family fun.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

“Haunted Hancock” Program to Feature Ghostly Tales on October 22

haunted hancock

 

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will celebrate the Halloween Season with a free program entitled “Haunted Hancock:  Ghostly Tales of Champlain” on Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. 

 “We will be taking a look at the darker side of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain region,” said program presenter Diane O’Connor.  “Our area is rich in history and the supernatural is woven throughout that history in a powerful way.  The evening’s tales will include local spirits of soldiers, trappers, witches and otherworldly beings.”

The program will be held outdoors around a campfire.  Attendees should dress warmly, and bring their own lawn chairs. Reservations are strongly encouraged, as this program is one of the museum’s most popular.  Reservations may be made by calling 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to tihistory@bridgepoint1com.  Refreshments will be served.

As a regional institution dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain Region, the Ticonderoga Historical Society encompasses a four-story museum with substantial collections and research library, as well as an active educational program series available for community organizations.


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Recycling on Halloween: are candy wrappers recyclable?

Are candy wrappers recyclable?

Halloween is filled with fun treats and snacks which come wrapped in all sorts of packing, but unfortunately, recycling candy wrappers is often not possible, and they should be disposed of in the trash. Candy wrappers are made of what is known as “multi material packaging.” Which means that the packaging is made up of several types of materials. Most candy has a shiny metal on the inside as compared to the outside, which helps protect and keep treats fresh. However its this packaging which makes it very difficult to recycle due to our inability of separating the materials from each other.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Halloween drive-in movies in the Tri-Lakes

With changes to Halloween schedules this year, Tri-Lakes communities will deliver drive-in movies for families, children, ghosts, and goblins of all ages.

In Saranac Lake, “Hotel Transylvania” will be shown on Friday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m.  The screen will be at the Lake Flower Plaza (former Tops Shopping Center next to Coakley). The movie is presented by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) with support from the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

History Matters: Humble Spirits

October is a good month for a ghost story. So here is the tale of a humble spirit who for years haunted a cure cottage up on Charles Street in Saranac Lake.

I heard this story from Eileen Black, who has lived in the house for many years and raised her family there. A ghost visited their home several times a year for decades. He would show up at the back walkway, walking towards the house, glancing in the windows. Well-dressed, in an elegant, old fashioned coat and fedora, he looked a bit like Fred Astaire, so the family named him, “Fred.” Eileen, her husband, and children all got used to Fred sightings. He would appear and then be gone, before they could get a good look at him. Guests at the house would see him too. They were never afraid of him; he felt like a friend.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Just in time for Halloween, it’s Bat Week


Set the mood for a natural Halloween while learning about bats! Each year, Bat Week provides a focus on bats, their life history, and conservation efforts. This year, Bat Week will be held October 24th-31st.Little Brown Bat hangs upside down from gray rock

New York State is home to nine species of bats. They are found all over the state, including New York City. Three species migrate to warmer locations for the winter and the others hibernate during the coldest months. You can learn more about NY’s bats by downloading the DEC bat brochure. Detailed information on three of our bats, Little Brown BatIndiana Bat, and Northern Long-eared Bat can be found on DEC’s Watchable Wildlife page. Click here for an Almanack post earlier this week on a red bat sighting.

Did you know that many of our favorite foods are pollinated by bats? Visit Bat Week’s education page for a downloadable cookbook featuring foods we enjoy thanks to bats! You can also find videos, posters, crafts, and activities to share with your classroom. For older students, Bat Week’s Take Action page provides links to webinars, plans to build a bat house, and a bat tracker.

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

A Macabre Menagerie

halloween by adelaide tyrolLast year, I showed up to work on October 31 in one of my old park ranger’s uniforms, torn to fake-bloody shreds in an imaginary bear attack. One year earlier, I drank smoothies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner because, ironically, my prosthetic vampire fangs were too fragile to sink into solid food. As a twentysomething undertaking a year of national service, I once asked my supervisor if I couldn’t make a few small modifications to my uniform and come to work on the last day of October as an “AmeriCorpse.” (He said no.)

In other words, I am a lifelong Halloween enthusiast. Costumes. Ghost stories. Jack o’lanterns. I love it all. » Continue Reading.



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